Policy and research

Victim Support Scotland operates under the vision that ‘all those affected by crime who need it receive high quality support to recover from their experiences’ as set out in our Victims and Witnesses First: VSS Strategy 2018-2021.

Our policy and advocacy work constitute a key role in our mission to place victims and witnesses of crime at the heart of justice in Scotland. Working alongside our partners, we aim to build a victim-centred approach to crime based on the concept of a multi-organisation, co-ordinated approach to the criminal justice system in Scotland.

We work in partnership with key organisations in the criminal justice sector, Scottish and UK Governments and parliamentarians, civil servants and other policy makers to ensure victim’s voices are central to ensuring Scotland’s justice system continues to evolve to meet the needs of society.

We want a justice system and support services that ultimately reflect the needs and voices of those affected by crime across Scotland.